BT, Orange collaborate on telepresence

Staff writer
09 Dec 2011

BT and Orange Business Services have signed an agreement for a global commercial service to allow each other’s video exchange customers to participate in telepresence meetings with one another.

By working together, BT and Orange will help telepresence users reach more partners, suppliers, customers and business prospects at public and private end-points across their networks.

The collaboration is a significant industry advance towards establishing a smooth, end-to-end telepresence experience and has been successfully trialled with existing major global enterprise customers. The service is now available to all BT and Orange telepresence customers, using Cisco equipment.

BT and Orange are committed to implementing inter-exchange services to make it easier for customers to communicate via video regardless of network or exchange. Today’s announcement strengthens this objective and sees both Orange and BT proactively expanding their exchange services to enlarge the global telepresence community.

The agreement between BT and Orange will facilitate real-time, virtual meetings around the world. A directory helps customers see which organisations are registered and what locations are available through the inter-provider connection.

Customers can use the intercompany service by contacting their respective service provider. They will be given the necessary conferencing information to share with the other meeting participants so they too can join the meeting. Customers will maintain their existing commercial relationship with their service provider.

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